Like everyone, we have spent a lot of time learning about COVID-19 and how it is impacting our world. That means understanding how it affects our employees, residents, and the surrounding community, and then making the necessary adjustments to our work and operations here at the Beacon House.
Keeping our staff and residents safe is the objective that guides us. This has been at the center of our conversations regarding this health concern since the beginning. From the start, we ramped up cleaning services in our facilities, and we added sanitizing stations throughout the campus, so that staff and residents could keep our campus safe.
We have been closely following the guidelines and recommendations from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. This has included developing specific policies and procedures to respond to COVID-19 on our campus; cancelling large gatherings; creating resident pods, including set times for each pod to pick up meals; instituting self-quarantine guidelines for our staff; and conducting regular testing of both residents and staff. We are also following all federal, state and county guidelines in our Thrift Stores, and making updates to those processes as guidance changes.
We continue to reassess and update our policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents based on federal, state and county guidance. This includes updates following the implementation of LADPH’s Vaccine Distribution Plan and Roadmap to Recovery. More than 90% of our staff and residents have been vaccinated. We are hopeful, and we are gradually lessening restrictions/reintegrating activities, following the county’s lead.